I disagree - other than Guzman, I don't really think that anyone underachieved by much this year.
C: Schneider: better than expected. Bennett: as expected (practically useless)
1B: Johnson: as expected (though healthier than I expected)
2B: Vidro: a little bit worse than I expected, but I think it's an age/injury thing, and don't see him getting much better next year.
3B: Castilla: frankly, he did a little bit better than I expected. I thought he'd be horrible; instead he was just bad.
SS: Guzman: Worse than expected. I thought he'd be bad, but nowhere near this bad.
OF: Wilkerson: a little bit owrse thanexpected.
OF: Guillen: As expected
OF: Sledge, Church, Chavez, Byrd, etc: injury problems, but overall right around where expected
SP: Hernandez: as expected, maybe a little bit worse
SP: Loaiza: better than expected
SP: Paterson: MUCH better than expected
SP: Armas: As expected. Anyone who expected Armas to be healthy and effective had unreasonable expectations. He pitched exactly how I thought he would.
SP: Drese: As expected. Same as Armas, but without the injury problems.
RP: Cordero: better than expected, but probably not much of a falloff
RP: Ayala: As expected
RP: Majewski: a little bit better than expected, but sustainable
RP: Carrasco: WAY better than expected
For the guys returning next year, I'd expect the following:
C: Schneider: a little bit worse
1B: johnson: same
2B: Vidro: a little bit better
3B: Castilla: same
SS: Guzman: better, but still poor
OF: Wilkerson: better
OF: Guillen: same
OF: Sledge/Church/Byrd: a little bit better
SP: Hernandez: same
SP: Patterson: worse
SP: Drese: same
RP: Cordero: a little bit worse
RP: Ayala: same
RP: Majewski: same
The big problem for 2006 is filling the gaping holes - we've got less than half a starting rotation, and the bullpen is losing a lot of guys who pitched pretty well. We need a legitimate backup C so that Schneider doesn't wear down; we need better middle-infield depth.